The current prolonged cold spell has brought a profusion of Velvet shank to the woods around Morpeth. They are bright, attractive fungi that need cold and frosty weather to stimulate their growth. They survive under several inches of snow and they can withstand being frozen solid for weeks! They are very well named and apparently edible.
I have just finished work and I am on holiday for over a week so I should get out a bit more. The only birds of note this week were three Tawny owls calling at 6am on Thursday morning opposite the house.